You May Now Use The Word “Football”
April 02, 2012 at 08:24am by Scott • 5 Comments »
Our nightmare is over, people. Since the Bucs are a team with a new head coach, they get to start offseason activities early and that means today.
The NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement greatly restricts offseason activities. But on Monday, players will finally be permitted to have supervised conditioning drills and, at long last, consult with their coaches about football.
The new CBA restricts any kind of football talk between coaches and players, so for the first time this year players will be able to discuss with their coaches things like, “What are we going to do?” and “How are we going to do it?” Seems important.
Just like you, the fan, aren’t clear what roles individual players will have under the new staff, those players also lack even a basic knowledge of their new offense and defense, too.
It seems silly, but the CBA has those rules for a reason. If it didn’t absolutely cut out any football talk altogether, coaches would likely pressure their players into voluntarily coming in for coaching and the would quickly devolve into no offseason at all. I mean, come on. These guys work seven, eight months per year. Cut them some slack.
Right now all coaching is restricted to the conference and film rooms. They’ll be able to hit the field in a few weeks and then once minnicamps start, the full offseason begins and coaches can start beating the shit out of players for our amusement. But for now, regular press conferences and the presence of players at the facility is a nice change from having to read yet another Tebow story.